June 12 - U.S. and South Korean troops conduct a joint military exercise simulating an attack from the North. Travis Brecher reports.
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U.S. and South Korean artillery troops are conducting a joint live fire drill on Tuesday.
They're testing readiness against a potential North Korean artillery attack on the South.
One U.S. artillery battalion and two South Korean artillery units are taking part.
The exercise involves the use of the Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS, which provides counter-fire and suppression of enemy air defences, light material and personnel targets at a range of nine to 186 miles.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) JOSH JEHL, U.S. STAFF SERGEANT, SAYING:
"The purpose of this training is to ensure that both the United States army and the ROK (Republic of Korea) forces are able to coordinate our abilities in a joint fire effort. By doing this type of training it only reinforces the relationship between us and the ROK army."
Last week, North Korea made threats to strike South Korean media headquarters, which it accused of hurling insults at the North's new leader, Kim Jong-un.
The two Koreas are still technically at war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice but no peace treaty.
Travis Brecher, Reuters
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